Yale Bulletin and Calendar

May 24, 2002Volume 30, Number 30Two-Week Issue

Stuart Schwartz

Stuart Schwartz to be new
master of Ezra Stiles College

Stuart Schwartz, a leading scholar of Latin America, has been named the new master of Ezra Stiles College, and his wife, Maria Jordan, a senior lector in Spanish and Portuguese, is the new associate master, President Richard C. Levin has announced.

As the two will be on leaves of absence during the 2002-2003 year, they will begin their five-year term in July 2003. In the interim, English professor Traugott Lawler, who was master of Ezra Stiles 1985-1995, and his wife, Peggy Lawler, will serve as acting master and acting associate master, respectively.

Schwartz and Jordan will succeed Ezra Stiles Master Paul Fry and Associate Master Brigitte Peucker, who have served in their roles since 1995.

Schwartz, who is the George Burton Adams Professor of History, specializes in the history of Brazil. His books include "Sovereignty and Society in Colonial Brazil, The High Court of Bahia and Its Judges, 1609-1751," "Early Latin America: A History of Colonial Spanish America and Brazil" (with James Lockhart) and "Slaves, Peasants and Rebels: Reconsidering Brazilian Slavery." He also edited, with Frank Salomon, the two volume "Cambridge History of Native Peoples of the Americas, South America."

Schwartz is a graduate of Middlebury College, and during his undergraduate years spent a year at the Universidad Nacional de Mexico. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and spent nearly 30 years teaching at the University of Minnesota before joining the Yale faculty in 1996.

Jordan, a specialist on Spanish Golden Age literature, is also the coordinator of "Spanish 138." A native of Puerto Rico, she received her B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

The couple has a daughter, Alison, who graduated from Smith College three years ago and works in the fashion photography industry in New York City, and a son, Lee, who is working toward a B.A. in Spanish and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Schwartz and Jordan will move into the master's house with their dog, a miniature dachshund named Bandy, Levin said in a letter to the Ezra Stiles community announcing the new master and associate master.

In his letter, Levin noted that the Lawlers "are deeply knit into the Stiles family." He continued, "The Lawlers know the ropes: the college and its personnel, the master's house, the fellowship, the intramural program, the Moose and all the special Stiles traditions, and they are eager to keep Stiles a warm and vibrant enterprise during this interim year."

Levin also thanked Fry and Peucker for their service to the college.

"Paul and Brigitte built on some great Stiles traditions and created others of their own," he wrote. "They nurtured the sense of Stiles as a college where the arts are deeply valued, investing much time and energy in presenting teas, in developing the famous Stiles arts festival, in exhibiting artists in their own home, and in making the college a real center for intellectual life and for the arts. They were warm hosts in the college fellowship, opened their home to many in the wider community, offered countless study breaks, and helped to make Stiles a true home away from home for scores of students."

Levin also noted the contributions of Fry and Peucker's son, Spencer, to the Ezra Stiles community. "Spencer's gifts on the computer and his skill and loyalty on the intramural fields, as well as his warm and outgoing personality, and his general devotion to everything to do with the life of the college, made him a favored friend and younger brother to many Stilesians, who will remember him, as they will remember his parents, with lasting appreciation and affection."

In his letter, Levin thanked the committee that assisted in the search for the new master, which was chaired by Robert Morgan, professor of music theory. s


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